18 Unheard of (maybe not ALL) Facts About The Masters

Here are the 18 unheard of facts about The Masters golf tournament that you might not know….

1. The Original Name of The Masters

The Masters was originally called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament when it was first played in 1934. The name “The Masters” wasn’t adopted until 1939.

The first green jacket was awarded to the winner in 1949. Sam Snead was the first recipient, and all previous winners were retroactively awarded a green jacket as well.

2. The Story Behind the First Green Jacket

The first green jacket was awarded to the winner in 1949. Sam Snead was the first recipient, and all previous winners were retroactively awarded a green jacket as well.

3. What Material Were the Green Jackets Made Of?

The iconic green jackets awarded to winners were originally made of a heavy wool material that was quite uncomfortable. They are now made of a lighter, tropical-weight wool.

4. The Strict Rules About the Green Jacket

There are strict rules about the green jacket. Winners can only take it off the Augusta National grounds for a year after their victory, and it must remain on club property after that.

5. Masters Was First on Radio

The Masters was the first golf tournament to be broadcast nationally on radio in 1936.

6. Masters Pioneered Rope Lines

The Masters was also the first golf tournament to use rope lines to separate the gallery from the players.

7. No Amateur Winner Yet

No amateur has ever won the Masters Tournament.

8. Back-to-Back Masters Champions

Only three players have won back-to-back Masters: Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1989-90), and Tiger Woods (2001-02).

9. The Eisenhower Tree’s Demise

The Eisenhower Tree, a loblolly pine on the 17th hole that was a frequent obstacle for players, was removed from the course in 2014 after it was severely damaged by an ice storm.

 

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10. Origin of the Champions Dinner

The Champions Dinner, where the defending champion selects the menu, was started by Ben Hogan in 1952.

11. The Masters Theme Song

The Masters has its own theme song called “Augusta” composed by Dave Loggins in the early 1980s.

12. Hole Names at Augusta

Each hole on the Augusta National course is named after a plant or shrub, such as the famous “Amen Corner” which includes the 11th (White Dogwood), 12th (Golden Bell), and 13th (Azalea) holes.

13. What Happened at Augusta During WWII?

During World War II, the Masters was not played from 1943-1945. Cattle and turkeys were raised on the grounds to help with the war effort.

14. First Overseas Masters Broadcast

The first live overseas broadcast of the Masters was in 1967 when the BBC aired it via satellite to a British audience.

15. The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”

In 1935, Gene Sarazen made a double eagle (scoring a 2 on a par 5) on the 15th hole, known as the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” It helped him force a playoff, which he won the next day.

16. The Honorary Starter Tradition

The Masters has had an honorary starter hit the ceremonial opening tee shot since 1963. Past starters include Fred McLeod, Jock Hutchison, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus.

17. The Eisenhower Cabin at Augusta

The Eisenhower Cabin, located near the 16th hole, was built in 1953 for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was a member of Augusta National.

18. Why the Masters is Unique

The Masters is the only major championship that is played on the same course every year.